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What do I need to know? Possible Featherweight Purchase

Old 12-18-2018, 05:25 AM
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Default What do I need to know? Possible Featherweight Purchase

I came across a Featherweight for sale on my local KIJIJI

Excellent working condition - these machines are coveted by quilters - 3 different sets shown in photos..
$325.00 Canadian.

Of course, I will need to sew on it, but what else should I be asking before I even go to see it? Looking at the other FW's for sale this seems like a decent price if it is in excellent condition.

The reasons I would want one would be because I could take it to classes and I'd love to have it in my sewing room in a place of honour.

Any comments and advice appreciated.


PS...here's the ad.... https://www.kijiji.ca/v-hobbies-craf...sale/289075578

There is also another one said to be in mint condition with a box of extras but I haven't heard back from them yet. They didn't mention if it was in working condition.

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Old 12-18-2018, 06:10 AM
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Original bobbin case, bobbins, accessories, wires/wire insulation not frayed/worn/crumbling, no pin rash on arm, no funky smell?
All of these can be remedied, but it is a matter of more money and/or time. Otherwise, good bargaining points. Original bobbin cases are expensive, and somewhat uncommon.
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Old 12-18-2018, 06:58 AM
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Make certain the case doesn't need a lock attachment replaced. I had the choice of one that was perfect and a cheaper one that only needed the latch replaced. People pry them open and break the latch when they lose the key. Oh the struggles to replace that latch. I went with new latches for security but paid more than the perfect one in the end.
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Old 12-18-2018, 09:52 AM
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That funky smell is a booger. I had a funky smelling case and it took forever to get rid of the smell. I finally put newspaper, cat litter and charcoal in it and left it in a car all summer. I think it worked. I sold the machine.

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If they can't give you clear photos I would not be interested.
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Old 12-18-2018, 02:24 PM
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​That isn’t a bad price if it sews well. Too much if the case is funky.
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Old 12-18-2018, 02:26 PM
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If it's local I would go check it out. For that price I would expect everything to be in good working condition. My experience is they all need a good clean up, oiling and a polish.

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How much is $325.00 in US dollars?
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Old 12-18-2018, 03:46 PM
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That's $240.00 US.

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Old 12-19-2018, 05:40 AM
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Go get it Watson. They are about $500 here. They are easy to maintain. If I can do it anyone can because I am NOT mechanical. I love to hear them”hum” and they are easy to take to classes, etc. I have 2..a 1946 Black named “Aunt Gertie” and a Red 1941 named”Ruby Baby”. They are simply beautiful!
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